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The Immortality Of Love Essay

1009 words - 5 pages

Love is a word that cannot be given one simple definition. Love is a different thing to different people. Love has extreme powers. It has started great wars, and it can cause people to do unbelievable things. Jane Austen has a very clear opinion on love and personal relationships, and she makes various statements about these personal relationships throughout her novel Pride and Prejudice. In Pride and Prejudice, two sisters who come from a somewhat disrespected family embark on separate journeys where they find true love. Jane, the eldest sister of the Bennet family, develops a romance with a charming rich man named Bingley. Elizabeth, the main character of the story develops feelings of hatred toward a rich snobbish man named Darcy, a man she ends up marrying. Additionally, Austen adds side romances to the novel, depicting very different relationships. While relationships are quite different today, Austen’s theme that love trumps all still exists.

It is truly impossible to believe that relationships have not changed at all since Austen’s time. Pride and Prejudice took place in a setting where the male had complete authority over the female, and primogeniture decided who received the family fortune. However, most of Austen’s main points about personal relationships still ring true today. For instance, Austen begins her novel by saying, “it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” (Austen 1). People in the twenty first century are obsessed with finding the person they want to spend the rest of their life with. It is a common saying that someone can have all the money in the world, but he will not be happy if he does not have someone to share it with. As the great aristocrat Aristotle once said, “if women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.” This relates back to Austen’s theme that love trumps all. In a world where many people’s main focus is making money in order to live a happy lifestyle, love is still more important than money. Austen makes it clear that she believes that all the love is the most important thing in the world, an idea that many people still believe in today.

Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy’s relationship is evidence that love conquers all. In the beginning of the novel, Darcy accompanies his good friend Mr. Bingley to a dance. At the dance, Darcy is quite rude and refuses to dance with many of the women there, looking down on them because they are lower in social class. When Bingley approaches Darcy and suggests that he dance with Elizabeth, he replies, “’Which do you mean?’ and turning round, he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said, ‘She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other...

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